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Fourth World (Missing Link Trilogy #1)
     

Fourth World (Missing Link Trilogy #1)

by Kate Thompson
 

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The first book in a trilogy about terrifying genetic experiments.

Danny is different. He's slower than other kids his age, and prone to violent outbursts. But when Danny runs off to find his biological mother, his older stepbrother Christie impulsively follows him. Along the way the two boys are joined by a runaway girl, a bird, and a dog that can speak to

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The first book in a trilogy about terrifying genetic experiments.

Danny is different. He's slower than other kids his age, and prone to violent outbursts. But when Danny runs off to find his biological mother, his older stepbrother Christie impulsively follows him. Along the way the two boys are joined by a runaway girl, a bird, and a dog that can speak to humans. However, nothing can prepare them for what they learn when they finally locate Danny's mother at her laboratory, Fourth World. It seems Danny's mother has been performing experiments-secret experiments-with terrifying genetic significance...

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In the midst of a near-future energy crisis gripping Great Britain, three teenagers set out on a journey. Danny, 15, has limited abilities and no future in the sheltered world he shares with his father and stepmother. His mother, Maggie, left him with money and the promise to show him what he really is, so he convinces his 13-year-old stepbrother, Christie, to help him find out. The boys head north into the Scottish winter, after picking up Tina, a homeless girl; Oggy, a talking dog; and Darling, the talking starling that has followed them from home. Unbeknownst to the kids, Oggy and Darling have been sent to escort them to Fourth World, Maggie's farm, lab, and experimental community, but it is their own courage, determination, and drive that get them there. The first part of the book follows their travels, and the last third brings the characters and readers back to the subject of Maggie's genetic experiments and their results, and the purpose of Fourth World. Christie's narrative voice seems far too sophisticated for his age-his reflections on the energy crisis, on Tina's psyche as a homeless child, and on the rights and wrongs of his parents' and Maggie's actions seem beyond most 13-year-olds. However, they add to the character development and atmosphere, giving this book more heft than the average plot-driven series opener. The story is compelling and the questions left open at the end are intriguing enough to lead readers who make it through the long journey into the promised sequel.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thompson launches a new series that explores the boundaries between human and animal. Having lived with his older, seemingly mentally impaired foster brother, Danny, long enough to feel protective, Christie tags along when Danny suddenly sets out to join Maggie, his mysterious birth mother, in Scotland. Several factors affect Christie's efforts to abort the expedition, most notably the appearance of Darling and Oggy, a starling and a dog who can think and talk, and whom Maggie has sent to be companions for the journey. Thanks to rough weather and widespread panic due to a major petroleum crisis, that journey almost turns deadly. But Christie finds his greatest challenge at its end: Maggie turns out to be a near-future Dr. Moreau, living on a farm populated not only by animals whose DNA has been implanted with a gene that governs human speech and intelligence, but also with a human child who is part animal-as is Danny. Thompson's genetics are simplistic and she begs the question of how birds and a dog could speak clear English-but she weaves some stimulating ideas into this suspenseful tale and leaves plenty of unanswered questions for future installments. (Fiction. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582348971
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/18/2006
Series:
Missing Link Trilogy , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Thompson lives in Yorkshire, England, where she writes novels for children. She has twice been awarded the Bisto Book of the Year Award by Children's Books Ireland.

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